After being forced to make five changes to his squad Bafana Bafana head coach Molefi Ntseki has been hit by another injury blow.
On Sunday SAFA announced that due to ‘medical reasons’ six Bafana Bafana players have been ruled out of the team to face Sao Tome e Principe in the AFCON qualification double-header coming up later this week. The coach lost Thulani Serero (Al Jazira), Thibang Phete (Belenenses), Reeve Frosler (Chiefs), Andile Jali (Sundowns), Abubakar Mobara (CPT City) and Thamsanqa Mkhize (CPT City).
The six players have since been replaced by Thapelo Morena (Sundowns), Diamond Thopola (TTM), Vincent Pule (Pirates), Thabo Nodada (CPT City) and Tshepo Rikhotso (Celtic).
Now the coach has also confirmed that Supersort United striker Bradley Grobler has also been ruled out of the camp due to injury. Speaking to Marawa Sport World-wide on Metro FM the coach shared the sad news of losing the striker.
“This afternoon [Monday] after training we got some bad news about Bradley Grobler when he had to go for a scan. The scan results came back differently and we have lost Grobler in the team,” he explained
“The reason that all this is happening is because of Covid-19. Players started playing not at their best in terms of fitness levels. The games are becoming faster and physical and you have players mentally and emotionally getting involved in matches to win. We will see a lot of muscle problems because players did not have a proper pre-season to prepare themselves to go into the new season,” concluded Ntseki.
Grobler will be disappointed as he just returned to the squad after being left out last month with the coach trying to widen the pool by bringing in new and young players to prove themselves.
Amazulu attacking midfielder Siyethemba Sithebe has since been drafted in as the replacement for the 32-year-old hitman. This season Grobler has scored two league goals from three DSTV Premiership games and he finished last season with 14 goals in the league. Sithebe had initially missed out on the current squad and now will get a chance to prove himself in the team.
Bafana Bafana will host both games after the two associations came to an agreement to play both games in South Africa. The first game will be played on the 13th of November at the Moses Mabhida Stadium and the second game three days later at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
South Africa currently have three points from the first two games and will be looking to get all maximum points against the minnows to contend for top spot in the group.
RELATED STORY: Tembo banking on important Grobler
By Prince Sobayeni